Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: the New Year’s Eve pre-Hangover Edition

You guys- HOLIDAYS ARE COMPLICATED! I have no idea what time it is or what day it is. I’m sure that will all even out somewhere around the 10th of January. On a related note, I’m glad I can pay most bills by phone or direct debit and save myself the embarrassment of writing 2014 well into February like I did in the olden days. Oh and by the way, I have some cool links for you.

  • Van Gogh was a genius. Turns out, he was also a scientific genius unawares. Seriously, you have GOT to read this piece … and at least watch the video below, “Math and Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night.'” {via Surly Amy}
  • Wired lists their 5 most intriguing documentaries and it is a pretty fascinating little group. Note: this includes “Particle Fever”.
  • The Ada Initiative is a feminist organization whose mission is supporting women in open technology and culture. And the search is on for a new Executive Director. {via Surly Amy}
  • Out-of-this-world eye candy: the BBC chooses these images as the most stunning space pictures of 2014.
  • Cinimated holds the collection of animations by Alex Belancourt. These are movie scene recreations and the animation style varies. Side scroll through these fantastic pieces and don’t forget to check out The Matrix scene.
  • Attention Con Goers: This might be of interest to you. Marriott plans to block personal wifi hotspots.
  • In 2004, Steve Jobs and Michael Eisner had a famous falling out. In 2006, Bob Iger replaced Eisner as Disney’s new CEO. Within that two-year interim, Disney tried to emulate Pixar with what they deemed a similar animation studio. In that endeavor, here is the original Toy Story 3 that was never made.
  • If you celebrate the holidays late, have some January birthdays coming up, or if you are looking for a justifiably indulgent way to spend some Christmas moolah, then I’ve got something quite awesome for you. Actually, io9 does. Here are their choices for The Best Science Books of 2014 and it’s superb.


The unexpected math behind Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”


I am a sucker for the Hero Walk!

2014: How We Used Slow Motion

Found at

  • The Nerdwriter Takes a Look Back at Slow-Motion Footage Used in Movies, Television, and Music Videos in 2014

    from the page
    Clips, in order:

    Guardians of the Galaxy
    22 Jump Street
    Taylor Swift. “Blank Space” video
    Wish I Was Here
    The Fault in Our Stars
    The Edge of Tomorrow (Live. Die. Repeat.)
    X-Men: Days of Future Past
    Beyonce, “Mine” video
    True Detective opening credits
    Sherlock, “His Last Vow”
    “Turn Down For What” Video
    Let’s Be Cops
    House of Cards ad
    300: Rise of an Empire
    The Amazing Spider-man 2
    Guardians of the Galaxy (again)
    Gone Girl
    The Lego Movie
    The Interview



    Featured image is the drawingCypresses in Starry Night, a reed pen copy executed by Van Gogh after the painting in 1889. Originally held at Kunsthalle Bremen, today part of the disputed Baldin Collection.


  • Donna

    Geologic Universe, vault-keeper. Sheer Brick Studio, principal. Empty Set, designer. Bethlehem Mounties, media. WDIY 88.1FM NPR station programmer. Skepchick.

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